TODAY'S LESSON IS IN TEEN interjections and exclamations, those semi-automatic words or phrases that teen-agers use to greet friends, to confirm plans, to inquire about another's well-being or to affirm the existence of the universe. bet. "Okay." Example: "I'll meet you at the train tracks." "Bet." (Quintin Wilkinson, Washington). buzza. "What's up?" or simply "Hi." Example: Walking down the school hall, you see a pal and say "Buzza!" and he or she answers "Buzza!" (Joel Kennedy, Rockville). everything is everything. "Life has been good" or "No problems" (Audrey Ford, Washington). lay chilly. "Be cool" or "Stay out of trouble" (Iris Denson, Washington). sappnin'. "What's happening?" (Wheaton High School, Mrs. Bronson's Period 6 and 7 classes). See also wuzzup; zup. twins. "Me too" or "Yes, I'm in a similar situation"; usually used by nerds. Example: "My homework's done. How about yours?" "Twins" (Joseph Rhinewine, Bethesda). word. "That's right." Example: "Those guys don't know what they're talking about," says one friend, to which the other responds, "Word" (Quintin Wilkinson, Washington). wuzzup or zup. "What is up?" (Mike Robinson, parts unknown). See also sappnin'.
Linguistic observers are invited to send examples of teen-age slang to: J Street, The Washington Post Magazine, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071